1. It’s 2020. That’s it. That’s the list.
2. Sometimes when we set goals, we aim high — maybe, occasionally, a little too high. If a goal is too steep to reach, not being able to reach it isn’t a sign of failure. You simply need to adjust your goal.
3. And on that note? Sometimes we just set too many goals. You can’t do everything all the time. And that’s OK.
4. Everyone gets distracted. Sometimes it’s a sign you need to let yourself take a break, even a short one.
5. When things become challenging, it’s tempting to quit. Always ask yourself if you’re “bored” because of a sudden lack of interest or because you’re just scared of failing.
6. Focus on the stories that make you feel whole. If you’re writing something just to meet a goal, you’re less likely to enjoy it.
7. You never know what can happen in half a year. This last half could be GREAT.
8. It’s OK to only have one goal.
9. It’s OK to have 30 goals and struggle to prioritize them — as long as you’re trying.
10. Success isn’t about how many goals you achieve. It’s about the stories you manage to share with the world.
11. Setting deadlines for yourself can be helpful, but only until it isn’t. Don’t rush. Try not to stress.
12. As long as you’re writing, any progress — all small milestones — count.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is an editor and writer, and a 12-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food, and Star Wars.